Virginia quarterback Don Majkowski was reinstated to the football team yesterday by Coach George Welsh, ending a five-day suspension that kept him out of the Cavaliers' 24-22 victory over North Carolina last Saturday.
Majkowski, who had started every other game this season for Virginia, practiced with the team after a brief morning meeting with Welsh, who would not comment on his decision.
Welsh also did not say whether Majkowski could be considered a starter for Virginia's season-ending game against Maryland on Nov. 29, but said he would make a statement Monday at his weekly press conference. The Cavaliers (6-4) still would have a slim chance at a postseason bowl game if they upset the Terrapins (7-3).
Majkowski was suspended Friday afternoon for a team rule violation that Welsh would not specify. Virginia players, however, said after Saturday's game that Majkowski was seen having a beer in public last week.
"It was a violation of a long standing rule," Welsh said. "I didn't say what it was and Don didn't want to talk about it. No one would have known if some members hadn't shot off their mouths."
Majkowski, a junior from Depew, N.Y., who is starting for the second straight year, was unavailable for comment. He has completed 88 of 178 passes for 1,161 yards, seven touchdowns and six interceptions.
Majkowski was replaced in the North Carolina game by Scott Secules, a sophomore from Centreville, Va., who completed eight of 14 passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns, of 40 and two yards.